Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Thursday, August 31st

Last day of winter and I'm home!

Yes - yesterday was the last day of my 2017 trip although I'm heading back to northern NSW in October.

The weather gods turned on a ripper of a day for my last 400km trip from Mansfield to Illawarra - the sun shone, the scenery was great and traffic light. Perfect!

It's amazing how much I'd forgotten in the past four months. The telly for instance. It is rather complicated as I play the telly through a PVR and record most shows so I can watch them later. I also use a Sony system to give surround sound through a lot of speakers so manipulating the lot is a little complicated. It's all come back though and it's set to record things from the Guide today.

Thanks for being with me for the trip - I hope you enjoyed my travels.

Now I've got to get a haircut, see my podiatrist and get a doctor's appointment for my six-monthly check up. Plus re-stock the larder!

...and here are a few pics

A view on the road between Mansfield and Euroa

There was beautiful wattle everywhere including the road where I live at Illawarra

And little Willy - our latest little alpaca - is so cute

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Tuesday 29th August

Last day at Mansfield!

Circumstances have changed for my daughter and her partner and they are leaving their job here at Mansfield on Thursday and coming to stay with me for a while. As they will be packing up tomorrow and very busy we have decided that I will go home in the morning and they will follow next day.

When I'm home and settled I'll write the final episode of this blog.

Today I fixed the 7-pin plug that had come out and the wires had dragged on the ground at Albury  on the way here on Sunday. Fortunately there was enough undamaged cable to do the repair so that was good.

Tomorrow will see the end of my 2017 winter travels although I am heading back to northern NSW in October for the ACC  National Muster.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Sunday 28th August

Marathon finished!

Yes it was a bit of a marathon - about 1800km in three days but the weather was mainly good and Yemmy was a good boy and ate up the km with no complaints.

I was off a little tater than I'd hoped because when I was getting diesel a lovely big rig came in and I stopped to talk to the owner. I was a big Mercedes twin cab truck with a big slide on attached it. The owner had built the slide on himself and I was impressed. With the slide on removed it became a large tray truck and could be used for work or sight-seeing.

The usual road works were present and when I was nearly at West Wyalong, Tom Tom took me on a series of lesser traveled roads until we reached the Hume Hwy north of Albury.

I got to Mansfield about 4.40 and it was great catching up with Jackie and Dennis.

 Yes - a few pics today!

The lovely big Mercedes rig

The slide on built by the owner
Canola brightened the day

It was -2 degrees and lots of frost this morning

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Saturday 26th August

A big one today!

After a  nice night in the clearing in the woods I awoke to a very cold morning  - I think it was 7c. I nearly didn't shower but I was brave and enjoyed it.

I managed to clock up  628 km before checking in at the Peak Hill Caravan Park at about 4.30 this afternoon. Leyton was racing about putting people on sites and my little site was the last one left - it only fits smallish motorhomes and campervans but it's just fine for Yemmy.

While talking to Leyton a chap came up and introduced himself as a fan of my column. He went off to look up GoRV!

I'm spoiling myself tonight with power and TV! I think I deserve it after such a lot pf kms.

There's a similar distance to go to get to Jackie's place at Mansfield tomorrow so I'll need to be away in good time

Max forwarded a couple of nice comments he's received about me joining GoRV. I'm hoping a lot of Caravan World readers follow me there as well

My lovely little site tonight

Friday, 25 August 2017

Friday 25th August

No - you didn't miss yesterday's blog. There wasn't one!

Yesterday was just a day! I went with Ray to try to buy a blanket - simple you would think. I tried Kmart - the only single ones were black - the grey's were lovely but all for double beds.

So I hobbled round to Target where the only single  one was pink! But they did have a nice blue shirt my size and I bought it plus a bottle of solft drink as I was starting to dehydrate!

OK - lets try Harris Skarfe (?). They didn't have any blankets at all!

Back to K-mart and bought the black one. Actually it goes quite well with Yenny's decor but it's not warm enough! The doona will be out tonight!

I surprised Ray and Jeanette today as I had a shower in Yemmy and breakfasted before I went indoors so that I could get away in reasonable time - in fact I was on the road by 8.30.

The Bruce Highway was very busy with trucks and roadworks but things eased when I turned off for Kingaroy andI enjoyed a couple of stops along the way.

I'm parked for the night in a clearing just off the road to Goondawindi - 470km from Hervey Bay. If I keep that sort of daily distance I'll be in Mansfield and Jackie by Monday,

GoRV was out last night and my first column is in it plus a Readers Rig from Walkamin.

A couple of pics today

My lunchtime view

Yemmy resting for the night
Another  view of our night stop

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Wednesday 23rd August

 Good catch up today!

 Fellow ACC Members John and ,Jane Hambly, came visiting this afternoon and it was great spending time with them. They live in the Mornington Caravan Park where we used to live and I've met up with them in Queensland several times in recent years - we were part of a Trivia team last year at Cape Palmerston caravan park. They told me their team won the trivia night this year.

Ray and I went to Aldi this morning. I'm looking for a single bed blanket but they had sold out. We'll have a wider look in the morning. I've still got Jeanette's double bed one which was great last night.

My first Reader's Rigs Story is on GoRV today and it came out well. I'm waiting for issue 6 with my first column in it - be out very soon.

Nothing to photograph today - sorry folks.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Tuesday 22nd August

Up with the larks!

Even after a marathon day yesterday I woke early today. The free camp at Calliope River was crowded on both sides of the river so I didn't wont to wake close neighbors with my noisy water pump for a shower so I put on my traveling gear and headed off before 8am.  

Some 200km down the road I stopped at a pull in, had my shower and put on clean clothes. Then I had a refreshing cup of coffee before completing the trip by lunchtime.  I think I spent more time sitting at roadworks than actually driving.

Ray and Jeanette were pleased to see me as always  and we spent most of the day reminiscing about old times and catching up with family news.

I was quite cold in bed last night so Jeanette's lent me a double bed blanket for tonight and tomorrow I'll look for one to buy. It too warm for the doona but my small blanket isn't long enough to tuck in at the bottom and I wake up with frozen toes!

Yemmy's new home for the next three nights

Thursday, August 31st

Last day of winter and I'm home! Yes - yesterday was the last day of my 2017 trip although I'm heading back to northern NSW in Oct...